In short: The organisers notes on the website don't do this race justice. In full: Mud, hills, more mud, oh and more hills. Great race. Nice mix of mud, hills and flat. Excellent organisation, and the sun came out, what more can you ask for?
The BIG climb was a bit of a shock, I ended up on hands and knees like so many others, but it wasn't too long which was probably just as well.
A race to look forward to for next year!
Thanks to all involved. Date of review: January 17, 2005
In short: My first 10K race and it left me with mixed feelings. Organisation could have been better, very good mix of people. In full: The friendly people in the race made this a good day out. This was brought out when queueing for the loo, only four loo's with nearly 400 people there, not good. Loads of people used their warm up run to find a secluded tree!!
There also seems to be some concern over the actual distance. Some-one with GPS measured the course at just over 11K, which explains all the slow times people got. Can anyone confirm this???
Generally a flat course with a couple of humps here and there. One of the really scary things was the cattle grids!! I'm surprised some-one didn't do themselves an injury on these!!! I noticed a few people slipping and sliding!!
All that aside I still enjoyed the race and the day out, thanks to all involved and anyone who said Hi to me!!
In short: Gtreat day out, but unfortunately 'The spirit was willing but the flesh was weak.' In full: Big thanks to the organisers. The marshalls deserve a special thanks, they were great. I had a great time and set a PB, but just couldn't beat the time I had set myself.
Would have been nice to have the fun-run BEFORE the main event.
One good thing about doing two laps is you know the route for the second lap, helps to know that there are no nasty surprises towards the end.
Nice medal, great atmosphere, and my 8 yr old is chuffed to bits with her medal.
In short: Nice run, and everybody there was friendly, what more canyou ask for. In full: Small race but definitely well worth doing, glad I ran. Got a PB, mind you only my third half marathon. Big thanks to all who helped organise it, and a big thanks to Tel for his help. Date of review: November 1, 2004
In short: Only did the half, but what a blast. This was my second race.... ever!! And I thoroughly enjoyed it. In full: The rain came down right on cue, but it didn't stop some serious spectators standing seemingly int the middle of nowhere clapping and shouting encouragement. There were marshalls at every twist and turn, so no chance of getting lost.
I normally run only on roads and therefore attempted this run in a 'normal' pair of trainers but this race has got me scouring round for a set of trails.
I'll be back next year!!! Date of review: October 6, 2004